Things To Do In London This Week: 30 January-5 February 2017

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William Lethorn's Exhibition of Paintings is on at artsdepot until Wednesday 8 February.

PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY HISTORY: Despite being colourblind and having tunnel vision, William Lethorn has found success in the world of art. Working with oils, acrylics, charcoal — and taking inspiration from religion, history and landmarks — some of Lethorn's works are on display in Exhibition of Paintings. Artsdepot, free, just turn up, until 8 February

RECORDS & REBELS: Explore the late 1960s, a decade of era-defining music, fashion and political activism at the V&A.You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 evaluates the impact of the finished, and unfinished, revolutions of the time on the world we live in today. The V&A, various prices, book ahead, until 26 February

RE-IMAGINATION: At the London Transport Museum's Poster Parade: Re-imagining historical posters, old posters and memorable designs are cleverly modified for contemporary audiences. London Transport Museum, £16/£13.50, book ahead, until 27 April

Art review: Objects found in the Thames

Franziska Lantz brings 'dead' items are back to life with this exhibition. It runs until 11 February, Tuesday-Saturday

Franziska Lantz finds objects discarded from the Thames at low tide, from clothing to animal bones. All of these works are then suspended from the gallery ceiling and these 'dead' items are brought back to life. Franziska Lantz: Expanding Arid Zones is at Supportico Lopez hosted by Rodeo, 123 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EW. Free, until 11 February ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Monday 30 January

NEW NATIONALISM: Politics has taken a strange turn in an age of Brexit, Trump and the rise of European populist right. Join Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics and two experts on the populist right at the LSE to find out why there has been a rise in such nationalism. The London School of Economics, free, just turn up, 7pm-8.30pm

MONDAY NIGHT LAUGHS: Get over the Monday blues with Right Funny Comedy #11. Join host Stephen DiPlacito and 12 incredibly funny comedians to laugh your way into the coming week. Hawkins Forge, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-10.30pm

MUSIC MONDAY: Energise your Monday night with guitarist Remi Harris. Finding fame through sets at Montreux Jazz Festival, BBC Proms and with Jamie Cullum, expect influences of Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Stan Getz, blended with hip hop, gypsy swing and blues. Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, £15, book ahead, from 7.30pm

Tuesday 31 January

Watch Bridget Jones's Baby with Stanley's Film Club on Wednesday 1 February. Photo: Universal Pictures

SOCIAL DRAWING: Join fashion illustrator Dulcimer Draws and test your creative side with playful art activities, which include speed portrait drawing, paper dress-making — you can also take your very own sketchbook home. Don't worry, drinks will be on hand throughout the night. Drink, Shop & Do, £12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

SEEDS AND SENSORS: Join the creators of the Connected Seeds Library at the launch of the exhibition. A day of food, film and workshops, the launch gives you a chance to network with experienced and novice growers and learn about community growing seed spaces and more.Rich Mix, free, just turn up, 10am-6.30pm [until 12 February]

POETRY: Explore the themes of patriotism, friendship, class and the environment with Templar Poetry Live: The Penguin Diaries. Telling the haunting story of the British Antarctic Expedition, The Penguin Diaries include a sonnet for each member of the expedition. Keats House, free, book ahead 7pm-8.30pm

Wednesday 1 February

BRIDGET JONES: Laugh yourself silly as Bridget Jones navigates through life as a single woman, this time with a baby on the way in Bridget Jones's Baby. Before the screening, have a giggle with stand-up comedy from  Jenny Lockyer in the bar. Stanley Halls, £8/£6, book ahead, from 7pm

GHOST HUNTING: Discover the strange life of  one  of the 20th century's pioneering physicists, Oliver Lodge. Spirits in the Ether: Oliver Lodge and the Physics of the Spirit World explores Lodge's commitment to spiritualism and his scientific hunt of the spirit world. The Royal Institution, £14/£10/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

Poster Parade: Re-imagining historical posters runs until 27 April. © TfL, from London Transport Museum Collection

Thursday 2 February

DAY OF THE GROUNDHOG: Celebrate Groundhog Day with a screening of, you guessed it, Groundhog Day. Follow Phil (Bill Murray) as he gets caught in time warp, forced to relive the same day over and over. Prince Charles Cinema, £8.50/£4.50/£7.50/£5, book ahead 1.35pm/4pm/6.25pm/8.45pm

DAY OF THE GROUNDHOG: Celebrate Groundhog Day with a screening of, you guessed it, Groundhog Day. Follow Phil (Bill Murray) as he gets caught in time warp, forced to relive the same day over and over. Prince Charles Cinema, £8.50/£4.50/£7.50/£5, book ahead 1.35pm/4pm/6.25pm/8.45pm

DAY OF THE GROUNDHOG: Celebrate Groundhog Day with a screening of, you guessed it, Groundhog Day. Follow Phil (Bill Murray) as he gets caught in time warp, forced to relive the same day over and over. Prince Charles Cinema, £8.50/£4.50/£7.50/£5, book ahead 1.35pm/4pm/6.25pm/8.45pm

CRASH BANG WALLOP: Hear Iain Martin speak about his new book, Crash Bang Wallop: The Inside Story of London's Big Bang and a Financial Revolution that Changed the World (and breathe). Centred on the Thatcherite Big Bang of the 1980s, the book explores how London has flourished best when opened to new ideas and migration. Libreria Bookshop, free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

SNOW IN LONDON: Get an up-close look at Chelsea Physic Garden's snowdrops before the rest of the country's blooms open (thanks to the garden's micro-climate). The head gardener and their team will be creating elevated displays of snow drops for visitors. Chelsea Physic Garden, £10.50/£6.95, book ahead, 10am-4pm

Stage review: Chris Gethard sees the funny side of depression

The funny parts are well worth the wait in Career Suicide. It runs until 1 February.

A comedy show about depression is a tough sell. That's the theme of Chris Gethard's new show, Career Suicide. It's all true and has parts that will bring you close to tears (not of joy), taken from Gethard's battle with depression, alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. When the laughs do come, they're huge and worth the wait. So join Gethard as he takes you on a tour of life in New Jersey, breaks out a spot on Morrissey impression and meet his wondrous but terrible shrink Barb. Career Suicide, Soho Theatre, Wardour Street, W1. From £8, until 4 February ★★★★☆ Harry Rosehill

Friday 3 February

RUG RHYMES: The Poetry Library Den welcomes children under five and their carers to meet puppets, Federico and Firebird, for nursery rhymes, poems and stories. Then browse and borrow books from the centre's children's collection and continue telling stories all the way home. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up,  from 10.30am

ANTI-WINTER BLUES: Bid adieu to the winter blues this series of uplifting films. This week, Wish I Was Here, tells the story of an actor who re-evaulates his life when coming to a major crossroads. House of Vans, free, just turn up, from 5pm/7pm

SWING DEN: Get moving with Swing Den and Lindy Hop the night away at this beginners' swing dancing class, followed by a social dance for all abilities. Bishopsgate Institute, £8/£5, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

Saturday 4 February

David Gibb: Letters Through Your Door is running on Sunday 5 February at artsdepot.

HER: A 15-year-old girl from London finds that conflict has made her an alien in her own country. In Her, the protagonist, as different versions of the 'girl', faces the harsh realities that young girls in conflict zones are confronted with. Half Moon Theatre, £7, book ahead from 3pm/7pm

WORLD FAMOUS: Stephen K Amos hasn't performed his unique brand of stand-up from England all the way to New Zealand without picking up a few new anecdotes along the way. Discover his encounters with new people and cultures in his talk, World Famous. Artsdepot, £18, book ahead, from 8pm

Stage review: A humorous take on misery

Though its about tragedy and loss, BU21 is surprisingly funny. It runs until 18 February. Courtesy of David Monteith-Hodge

BU21 is a set of interconnected monologues that present the reactions of a disparate group of Londoners in the aftermath of a hideous terrorist attack. This is much more than a ghoulish spectacle or slice of misery porn; it’s a warm and surprisingly humorous play that also pays incisive scrutiny to the way we react as a society, our own motivations and what it means to be a spectator to tragedy. BU21, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY. From £15, until 18 February ★★★★☆ Chris Bridges

Sunday 5 February

HANDS ON BASE: Hands On Base lets children actually touch some of the Horniman museum's exhibits, including African masks and shark jaws. Horniman Museum & Gardens, free, just turn up, 11am-12.30pm

DAVID GIBB: David Gibb performs original music, as well as songs inspired by children's music from around the world. Whether he's singing about swimming, finding a dragon in your bedroom or waiting for the postman, David Gibb: Letters Through Your Door  is a lovely way to keep the kids entertained. Artsdepot, £7, book ahead, 11am/2pm

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London's Grime & Punishment Tour


Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.    Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour


Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour


Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets